Portrait of the Duchess of Queensbury
From Stowe

This portrait probably hung at Linley Wood, Talke, Staffordshire, from 1848 possibly until 1949.

It is believed to have been purchased in 1848 by James Stamford Caldwell from the sale of the Contents of Stowe House, formally the property of the Duke of Buckingham.  In the Catalogue of the Contents of Stowe it is recorded, as being bought by Caldwell, for 5 pounds and 5 shillings, on Sept 12 (or 19), as part of Lot 10 "Duchess of Queensbury and 2 others".

In 1925 the portrait of the Duchess of Queensbury was not recorded by Maj Gen Frederick Crofton Heath-Caldwell on the list of the contents of Linley Wood.  Also it is not recorded as being sold at Sotheby in 1949 but it is quite possible that it was sold in the local auction of the contents of Linley Wood in late 1949.

If anyone on the web knows where this portrait now hangs, I would be very interested to hear from you.  Please contact me at jj@jjhc.info

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